Diego Maradona Has Died Aged 60
Diego Maradona has died aged 60.
According to AFP News Agency, the football legend passed away after suffering a heart attack at his home.
It comes just two weeks after the World Cup winner left hospital where he underwent surgery on the brain.
Reports claim that paramedics were called to the former Napoli player's home, but despite attempts to resuscitate him, he sadly died.
Maradona captained his country to victory in 1986 and with spells at Boca Juniors, Barcelona, and Sevilla, is widely considered to be the greatest player of all time.
Since news of his passing was reported, there has been an outpouring of emotion, with people sending their condolences to his family and sharing their memories of watching him play.
Former England and Barcelona striker Gary Lineker said: "By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he'll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego."
Marcus Rashford shared a photo of Maradona, with the caption: "Legendary."
"RIP to legend," posted Usain Bolt.
A spokesperson for Napoli said: "Always in our hearts. Ciao, Diego."
Boca Juniors posted a photo of Maradona from his time with the club, with the caption: "Eternal thanks. Eternal Diego."
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Eternas gracias. Eterno Diego. pic.twitter.com/SZVNOJnZ1j- Boca Jrs. Oficial (desde :house_with_garden:) (@BocaJrsOficial) November 25, 2020
Thank you for everything, Diego pic.twitter.com/bJ9l3ixY7A- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2020
!gracias por el fútbol Diegol!- Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) November 25, 2020
Sports reporter Henry Winter offered his own tribute to the player.
He said: "RIP Diego Maradona. You'd pay to watch him warm up, let alone play. Played the greatest pass I have seen live, off-balance, right-footed to Caniggia to score against Brazil in Turin at Italia 90. Time after time, Maradona performed magic with the ball. Thoughts with his family."
Earlier this month, the icon was admitted to hospital to undergo surgery after suffering a blood clot on the brain caused by a head injury.
Speaking on 2 November, Maradona's doctor, Leopoldo Luque, told reporters that the procedure which was due to begin within hours was a 'routine surgery'.
He added: "We are going to operate today. He is lucid, he understands, he agrees with the intervention."
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